||A World of Shoes: Exhibit at Spurlock Museum
||Is an exhibit on shoes cool? You bet your boots! Find out more by visiting the Spurlock Museum’s fall Campbell Gallery exhibit A World of Shoes, opening September 4. Over 60 pairs of shoes from 20 different countries will be featured.
The main themes of the exhibit all begin with the letter “S:” Sports, Style, Soul, Service, Substance, Self, and Sensuality. There is also an introductory area inspired by the wall of shoes display at Chicago’s Field Museum. Near the entrance to the exhibit, visitors can share their own shoe stories and take a quiz on shoe names.
A significant number of the shoes on display are loans by individuals from across central Illinois. The Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet loaned artifacts, including two examples of animal shoes. A pair of Weary Willie clown shoes worn by renowned entertainer Emmett Kelly has come in from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Shoes worn by Shinto priests at the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawai’i can be found in the Soul area.
A World of Shoes will be on display during regular Museum hours from September 4, 2012 through February 10, 2013. The Spurlock Museum is located at 600 S. Gregory, just across the street east of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana. Museum hours are Tuesdays 12-5; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9-5; Saturdays 10-4; and Sundays 12-4. For more information on the exhibit and related events, call 217-244-3355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.